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How I stopped my cat biting me — 8 Comments

  1. There’s this really good ethologist, I forget his name, ahem. Ok, you may hate me, I respect you big time…

    Qs. Who is 100% responsible for his psychological well being if he is not free roaming?

    It is exactly that, he needs to be a cat, he has cat energy level s. What could you change in the environment that gives him purpose as a cat?

    What gets him.off your back most and lets you keep this site working productively?

    Why is that even a question?

    I said you could hate me me, but are you ok?

    He isn’t something to be worn away at, he is telling you about his world is all. He may miss catkind as he was feral, sometimes just chilling with him, observe his day, you are after all his captor as well as principle carer, provider, he will show you what he needs. We do this thing, this love for cats, you know it, it is problematic.

    You know all this.

    • PS: Shunning is a majorly hard core punishment, for one whole day? Michael, are you kidding me?

      The only thing a ny species learns from any kind of punishment, is fear of more punishment.

      Shunning is the immediate threat of abandonment, it promises that the trust between you and a companion mammal will always be on shaky ground, unstable.

      Imagine yourself as a child, being told off, shunned by your guardian? How would you feel if treated with periods of shunning. Would you have made the connection between some mistake you made and your world suddenly becoming hostile through isolation? I doubt it, you would likely be frightened, confused and your trust in your guardian would be seriously sullied.

      Enrichment, purpose, not just play times are needed mostly, just my experience. Your cat was feral, ergo an adult, now he is your cat, part of his personality is now placed back in dependent kittenhood, you may not have children, but you have the role of humane, kind parent to part of your cat’s psychology.

      Enrichment! Purpose!

  2. Similar to what I did to stop the hard bites. (I don’t mind the nibbles.) Whenever my cat bites hard, I say “OUCH!” loudly and then hiss. It only takes a couple of times at most before the cat understands he is hurting me. Then he usually loves on me to let me know he was not trying to hurt me.

    • Yes, cats do understand when you are unhappy with their biting and get the message. My cat bit me hard to other day. I was disappointed. I am still training it out of him.

      • How about training him by offering him an environment that compels him to be content with something other than your flesh?

        In a lifetime with messed up cats and horses, I have only ever seen wanted behaviours
        shine when the animal’s need for frustrated, unwanted behaviours wanes due to the end of physical pain or the introduction of new positive stimuli that interest the animal.

        Moving from feral to companion is a massive psychological ordeal for a cat. It is beholden to us to find ways to allow/enable the animal to learn, set them up for success, not failure.

        To me, any kind of punishment or threat of it, is an impending failure.

    • Nice point. I remember F2 and and F1 Savannah kittens playing and of course biting. The F1 bit too hard and the F2 screamed at him. It worked. They understand.

      • Sounding off once, just physically, no voice, briefly, never protracted is safer for the sanity of the cat. Even one sharp squeal is better than punitive, confusing isolation.

        Be his mentor, be as much of a cat as you can. Spend a day down at his level, smells, vision, the feel of life on 4 paws, can really help to get a feel of what he feels. Try to spend one day working at his levels of activity and try to feel time passing as he does.

        I’ll shut up now.

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